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Old 11-16-2015, 12:37 AM   #1
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Linux distro for a home user


Recently I installed a Linux distro named Makulu_Xfce_5. My hard disk is of 120 GB with 1 GB RAM. I installed this distro since I wanted all the softwares & drivers for the home user preinstalled. Makulu contains all these things. So, I installed Makulu Linux.

But I had a bad experience with it. I faced many problems.
  • Most of the times, while booting, it gets stuck on a loading screen, So I have to forcefully put it off & try it again.
  • Whenever I copy files from USB to PC or PC to USB, it changes the file names to the random numbers. It becomes difficult to recognize the files if their number is 100.
  • Desktop wallpaper changes every 15 seconds, but sometimes, it just put blank screen on the wallpaper.
  • It gets freezes sometimes when I put USB or any other external device.
  • It is very slow responsive. After click, it take some time to load the application. It takes time to load photos.
etc.

I would like to know any alternative for this OS with all the home users softwares & drivers preinstalled & with stable version i.e. no bugs, no freezes, no crashes as Linux is all says about.

Thanks

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Old 11-16-2015, 01:52 AM   #2
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I don't know what are home user drivers, but given your system's very limited RAM, you should find a light-weight distro. A list is on https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligh..._distribution; personally, I used Lubuntu on a 1999 PC with 750MB memory with good results.
 
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:36 AM   #3
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I run 32-bit Fedora and Ubuntu with the Mate DE on my 6-year old Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook which has an Intel Atom N270, 1GB RAM, and a 120 GB HDD. No problems with either. Ubuntu-Mate offers the option to download the nonfree stuff during installation.
 
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:00 AM   #4
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Since you know what you will be using the computer for, it might be better if you review the Page Hit Rankings at the site below. There are links to a large number of distributions which you can review and decide on. I'm not sure what you are referring to with file names changing when you copy.

http://distrowatch.com/

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I would like to know any alternative for this OS with all the home users softwares & drivers preinstalled & with stable version i.e. no bugs, no freezes, no crashes as Linux is all says about
Sounds like you want a perfect operating system and that isn't and never has been possible and I know of no Linux distribution that makes a claim like that. Don't know any commercial systems that make the claim either. the best you can hope for is to find something that will run on your older hardware and people who post here have some experience/knowledge of running a particular OS on it. Most of the major Linux distributions run on most hardware but obviously not all.
 
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:55 AM   #5
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1 GB RAM

I would like to know any alternative for this OS with all the home users softwares & drivers preinstalled & with stable version i.e. no bugs, no freezes, no crashes as Linux is all says about
1- with 1 gb of ram >>> http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2889

2- few days ago tested Makulu and just freezes and freezes and ...
 
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:44 AM   #6
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What's happening to you should not happen to anyone. There are a few really bad distros out there and evidently Makulu is one of them.

Since you aren't using BOSS or CentOS (both great!) on this particular computer, I presume it isn't powerful enough for Gnome. Try the Mate version of Mint: the codecs and drivers will all be installed from the disk. Otherwise, try Xubuntu: the codecs (and drivers?) will be downloaded during the installation. Neither will rename your files!
 
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:16 PM   #7
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I recommend Linux Mint

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My hard disk is of 120 GB with 1 GB RAM.
I have successfully installed Linux Mint on systems with similar resources. It is also a very good distro for new Linux users. Those systems have been running with no problems for almost 2 years since I installed them.
 
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:58 PM   #8
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I don't know what are home user drivers, but given your system's very limited RAM, you should find a light-weight distro. A list is on https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligh..._distribution; personally, I used Lubuntu on a 1999 PC with 750MB memory with good results.
I am talking about the softwares for the home users like VLC player, Firefox, Open office, etc and also drivers to run internet, web camera, Bluetooth, wifi, etc.

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I run 32-bit Fedora and Ubuntu with the Mate DE on my 6-year old Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook which has an Intel Atom N270, 1GB RAM, and a 120 GB HDD. No problems with either. Ubuntu-Mate offers the option to download the nonfree stuff during installation.
I will try that. Although I have tried Ubuntu with the default environment i.e. Unity. It is difficult to find the applications in it, so didn't installed it.

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Since you know what you will be using the computer for, it might be better if you review the Page Hit Rankings at the site below. There are links to a large number of distributions which you can review and decide on. I'm not sure what you are referring to with file names changing when you copy.

http://distrowatch.com/



Sounds like you want a perfect operating system and that isn't and never has been possible and I know of no Linux distribution that makes a claim like that. Don't know any commercial systems that make the claim either. the best you can hope for is to find something that will run on your older hardware and people who post here have some experience/knowledge of running a particular OS on it. Most of the major Linux distributions run on most hardware but obviously not all.
It changes the file names such as abcd.mp3 to 856745.

I am looking for an Operating System which should run stable if not but atleast in normal condition. I cant run this distro properly even if I am running 2-3 application. Even Windows xp was running better than this one. So, I am asking better distro with softwares preinstalled for normal user & should run stable at normal situation, if crash, i.e. only in worst case.

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1- with 1 gb of ram >>> http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2889

2- few days ago tested Makulu and just freezes and freezes and ...
Thanks for your reply. Heard a lot about mint that it is buggy as well. It freezes a lot. So, didn't tried it yet.

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What's happening to you should not happen to anyone. There are a few really bad distros out there and evidently Makulu is one of them.

Since you aren't using BOSS or CentOS (both great!) on this particular computer, I presume it isn't powerful enough for Gnome. Try the Mate version of Mint: the codecs and drivers will all be installed from the disk. Otherwise, try Xubuntu: the codecs (and drivers?) will be downloaded during the installation. Neither will rename your files!
BOSS contains every software for a home user & I was about to install BOSS OS but I was not able to connect & use my android mobile's internal memory using MTP mode which was easily possible in Makulu. CentOS too doesn't contain softwares for a normal user, but Makulu contains everything, so installed it.

Thanks for your advice. I will try them too.

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I have successfully installed Linux Mint on systems with similar resources. It is also a very good distro for new Linux users. Those systems have been running with no problems for almost 2 years since I installed them.
As I said above, Linux Mint is considered as buggy, I have heard it from many users. I ran it live without installing & started 4-5 applications with flash player on firefox, it got freezed. So, I didn't tried it afterwards. Although I haven't tried it after installing.
 
Old 11-17-2015, 01:08 AM   #9
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Lubuntu

I have not found Linux Mint (LM) to be buggy. On the contrary, I migrated all of the old Windows XP systems on a small network to LM and they have had less issues than they did with XP.

LM will run better from an install than from a Live CD/DVD because disk access times will be much better. So you might want to try an install. If you are totally against installing it, then you could try Lubuntu, as berndbausch already suggested. It is designed to be fast and lightweight. I have installed it before, but prefer LM.
 
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Old 11-17-2015, 04:23 AM   #10
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I have not found Linux Mint (LM) to be buggy. On the contrary, I migrated all of the old Windows XP systems on a small network to LM and they have had less issues than they did with XP.

LM will run better from an install than from a Live CD/DVD because disk access times will be much better. So you might want to try an install. If you are totally against installing it, then you could try Lubuntu, as berndbausch already suggested. It is designed to be fast and lightweight. I have installed it before, but prefer LM.
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:22 AM   #11
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Have to agree, I've not found Linux Mint to be buggy. Running any distro from a live medium will be much slower than running from a hard drive, which should be significantly slower than running from an SSD (I don't have an SSD to verify this). Pick a distro that seems as if it would meet your needs, try it out, and if it doesn't work, repeat the process until you achieve success. I suppose you could pick a distro, install it, and, if it doesn't meet your needs, stay with it and complain. That's not something I recommend.
 
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:54 AM   #12
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LM 17.1 Xfce here rocks!
http://mirror.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/li...xfce-32bit.iso

There's no such thing as "no bugs".

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Old 11-17-2015, 04:48 PM   #13
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I am talking about the softwares for the home users like VLC player, Firefox, Open office, etc and also drivers to run internet, web camera, Bluetooth, wifi, etc.
You've just described bunsenlabs which is a minimal variation of Debian.
The minimalist approach also means it will run smoothly on almost any x86 hardware of the last ten years.

Makulu is isiZulu for "huge" and it does look like a seriously bloated distribution. (it has Wine pre-installed for example.)
bunsenlabs is almost the exact opposite in that respect. However, you can add any software that's in the Debian repositories. (you'll have to edit menus manually in most cases though.)
 
  


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